U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicates that the sanctions will be aimed at sending a message to Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.
The president holds individual conversations with French and British leaders. The White House says the three nations agreed the assault on Syria was "successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.
But Syrian allies Russia and Iran call the use of force by Western allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression" with the potential to worsen a humanitarian crisis.
Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase "mission accomplished" from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.
President Obama wisely avoided the phrase "mission accomplished" in his major speech last week about the "war on terror," but columnists aren't obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.
"The Daily Show" host took aim at some of his favorite targets Tuesday night as he ripped Republicans and conservative pundits for their hypocritical response to an ad aired by the Obama campaign that highlights the president's success in bringing down Osama bin Laden one year ago.
When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military recently, President Obama was at the top of his game.
Even the mightiest of empires must let go Seven years after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the US on Saturday handed over all combat duties to Iraqi security forces, fulfilling President Obama's promise to end U combat operations by the close of August.